Teaching Resources


Business and Peacebuilding

Resources for teachers seeking to introduce the topic of business and peacebuilding include commentary from the academic literature on peacebuilding, transitional justice and business and human rights; as well as materials on the role of business in specific zones of conflict and post-conflict situations, such as government reports, national legislation, and business case studies.

Teaching resources on business and peacebuilding in Colombia are highlighted below.

  • Readings
  • Videos
  • Exercises
  • Websites
  • Readings


    • J. J. Andersson, T. Evers, and G. Sjöstedt, Private Sector Actors & Peacebuilding: A Framework for Analysis (Swedish Institute of International Affairs, 2011), https://www.ui.se/globalassets/ui.se-eng/publications/other-publications/private-sector-actors–peacebuilding.pdf.
    • K. Ballentine and V. Haufler. Public Policy for Conflict-Sensitive Business (New York: UN Global Compact, 2009), https://d306pr3pise04h.cloudfront.net/docs/issues_doc%2FPeace_and_Business%2FEnabling_Economies_2009.pdf.
    • J. Banfield, C. Cündüz, and N. Killick (eds.). Local Business, local Peace. The peacebuilding potential of the domestic private sector (London: International Alert, 2006), www.international-alert.org/publications/local-business-local-peace.
    • M. Blowfield and C.S. Dolan. Business as a Development Agent: Evidence of Possibility and Improbability. Third World Quarterly (v. 35, n. 1, 2014), 22–42.
    • P. Collier, V.L. Elliot, H. Hegre, A. Hoeffler, M. Reynal-Querol and N. Sambanis. Civil war as development in reverse. In Breaking the conflict trap: Civil war and development policy. A World Bank Policy Research Report. (New York: World Bank and Oxford University Press, May 2003). .
    • B. Ganson. Business in Fragile Environments: Capabilities for Conflict Prevention, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, (v.7, n. 2, 2014), 121–139.
    • S. Ghimire and Bishnu Raj Upreti. Corporate Engagement for Conflict Transformation: Conceptualising the Business-Peace Interface. Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (v. 2, n. 1, 2012), 77–100.
    • D. Haski-Leventhal, Editorial: From CSR and CSV to Business and Peace Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (n. 4, 2014), 3-6.
    • International Alert. 2015. Peace through Prosperity Integrating peacebuilding into economic development (London: International Alert), http://www.international-alert.org/sites/default/files/Economy_PeaceThroughProsperity_EN_2015.pdf
    • A. Kolk, and F. Lenfant. Partnerships for peace and development in fragile states: Identifying missing links, The Academy of Management Perspectives (v. 29, n. 4, 2015), 422-437.
    • C. McEwan, E. Mawdsley, G. Banks, and R. Scheyvens. Enrolling the Private Sector in Community Development: Magic Bullet or Sleight of Hand? Development and Change (v. 48, n. 1, 2017), 28–53.
    • J. Miklian, The Dark Side of New Business. Harvard International Review (v. 38, n. 4, 2017), 19-22.
    • ———. The Role of Business in Sustainable Development and Peacebuilding: Observing Interaction Effects. Business and Politics (v. 21, n. 4, 2019), 569–601.
    • J. Miklian, J. and J. P. Medina-Bickel. Theorizing Business and Local Peacebuilding through the ‘Footprints of Peace’ Coffee Project in Rural Colombia. Business & Society (V. 59, n. 4, 2020), 676–715.
    • J. Nelson. The Business of Peace. The private sector as a partner in conflict prevention and resolution. The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum (London: International Alert, Council on Economic Priorities, 2000), http://www.international-alert.org/sites/default/files/publications/The%20Business%20of%20Peace.pdf.
    • J. Oetzel and M. Breslauer. The Business & Economics of Peace. Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (n. 6, 2015), 3–8.
    • J. Oetzel, M. Westermann-Behaylo, C. Koerber, T.L. Fort and J. Rivera. Business and Peace: Sketching the Terrain. Journal of Business Ethics (V. 89, n. 4, 2009), 351-373.
    • L. Payne, G. Pereira and L. Bernal-Bermúdez. Transitional Justice and Corporate               Accountability from Below: Deploying Archimedes’ Lever (Cambridge: Cambridge     University Press, 2020).   
    • L. Payne, G. Pereira, L. Bernal-Bermúdez and J. Doz-Costas. Can a    Treaty on                   Business and Human Rights help Achieve Transitional Justice Goals? Revista                  Internacional de Dereitos Humanos e Empresas (v.1, n. 1, 2017).
    • I. Pietropaoli, Business, Human Rights and Transitional Justice (New York: Routledge, 2020).
    • M. Prandi and J. Lozano. La RSE en contextos de conflicto y postconflicto: de la gestión del riesgo a la creación de valor (Barcelona: Escola de Cultura de Pau (UAB)/ Instituto de Innovación Social (ESADE), 2010), https://escolapau.uab.cat/img/programas/derecho/webRSE.pdf
    • A. Wenger and D. Mockli. Conflict Prevention: The Untapped Potential of the Business Sector (Boulder: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2003).

    Commentary – Colombia

    Legal Cases

    • JEP, Appealing Chamber, Auto TP-SA 019/2018.
    • JEP, Appealing Chamber, Auto TP-SA 020/2018.
    • JEP, Appealing Chamber. TP-SA-SENIT 1 de 2019.


    • Peace Agreement, 2016.
    • Law 1957/2019 (JEP Statutory Law)

    UN Materials

    • Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework, Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises,” UN doc. A/HRC/17/31 (21 March 2011).


    • El rol de las empresas en la construcción de paz
    • ¿Cómo medir si las empresas le aportan a la construcción de paz?
    • Así se construye paz desde las empresas. Part I
    • Así se construye paz desde las empresas. Part II
    • Hay Festival – “2016 retos y beneficios del año de la paz”

    Teaching Cases

    • Footprints for Peace (FOP) – Peacebuilding project by the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) (Colombia) (Miklian and Medina, 2020)
    • Heineken in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Miklian, 2019)
    • United Nations Global Compact in Dubai (Miklian, 2019)
    • Ecopetrol Museum (Colombia)
    • Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) (Colombia) (Hoelscher, 2019)

    [*] This bibliography may be cited as:

    Carolina Olarte-Bácares, Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, Marco Velásquez Ruiz, and Jose Fernando Gómez Rojas, “Teaching Resources: Business and Peacebuilding,” in Teaching Business and Human Rights Handbook (Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, 2021), https://teachbhr.org/resources/teaching-bhr-handbook/teaching-notes/business-and-peacebuilding/teaching-resources/.